Life's Betta With A Fish

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He starts going around and around on one side of the tank, over and over, and acting as though he's trying to find a way out...and he'd do this after water changes.

When he's comfortable, he hangs out, and swims normally. It took a while to figure it out but this seems to be it.
 

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I figured his circling was either from the temperature, a falling or rising barometer, or the water. I even put him on Blue's side just to see if I'd missed something else... Then I saw a couple references online to very similar behavior after water changes, and someone posted/said why don't you eliminate the dechlorinator and just let your water sit for a few days or boil it and let it cool, so that the chlorine dissipates that way. Unfortunately I don't believe that eliminates chloramine, but Little Red has seemed much calmer after several water changes with reduced dechlorinator, so I'm feeling reasonably confident I have the issue solved for him. I hope so :)!
 
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I'm so happy to read about everyone having such nice tanks for their Bettas. Too many people use them as ornaments in tiny and inhumane containers. But I expect no less from the quality people on this website! I looked into getting Bettas before and it seemed like a 5 gallon tank would be good. But ended up deciding against it. We do have 3 cats lol.
 

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But ended up deciding against it. We do have 3 cats lol
We have two fish tanks with a total of eight fish and three snails. We also have nine cats! I have a little stool so the cats can see the fish but not get near them. We have (luckily!) never had a problem. Silas, our baby cat, and Tara, our wack-a-doodle cat, really enjoy watching the fish. They watch them for hours sometimes.

I have an update on my betta. We decided to name him Fernando! I know it is a bit too much like Orlando, our recently deceased betta, but I heard the ABBA song recently and it kind of stuck. He looks like a Fernando!
 
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How are Silas' fins?
Pretty bad.

They'll probably take a long time to heal. I feel stupid for buying the fake plants in the first place because I heard people say it can damage fins but I thought I would have had the other tank set up by now (was planning on removing them completely). I'm just so busy. PetSmart did give me a full refund for both ornaments though so I can use that money to buy live plants which are around $5 - $10 depending on the type.
 

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Stress Coat. Pretty good stuff, unless fishkeepers have changed their minds since I had a bigger tank ;).

Ammonia spikes can cause fin erosion too, do you have test strips?
 
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Stress Coat. Pretty good stuff, unless fishkeepers have changed their minds since I had a bigger tank ;).

Ammonia spikes can cause fin erosion too, do you have test strips?
No, I keep forgetting to buy them. I'll have to see if I can pick some up soon.
 

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I ended up having to put one of the suction cups for the heater over the indicator light - it's so incredibly bright and intense that I wondered if it was keeping the fish awake at night lol
 
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